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Landmark Bus Station In Santa Barbara To Move

Posted on Saturday, December 3, 2011 12:59am

Some considered it to be a South Coast landmark…others…an eyesore to the gateway to downtown Santa Barbara.

After more than 70 years in the same location, Santa Barbara’s Greyhound Station is moving from its familiar location at the corner of Chapala, and Carrillo Streets.

The station is being relocated to a City of Santa Barbara owned building adjacent to the city’s Amtrak station, which used to own a bicycle shop.

The move is expected to provide added convenience for people trying to make bus-train connections, with the two stations going to be virtually next to each other.

However, it could be more inconvenient for people making Greyhound connections via MTD busses, because the current Greyhound facility is a half block from the main MTD transfer facility in Santa Barbara.

After some remodeling work, Greyhound is expected to move early next year.

There’s no word on what might happen to the existing Greyhound building, or whether it’s landmark neon sign will be allowed to make the move.

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